North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza says the 6-year graft case filed against her in 2012 has taught her a lot in life.
Now that the Sandiganbayan has cleared her, Mendoza said she is thankful of the experience as she became a better public servant and a better person.
In a thanksgiving gathering Sunday evening, Gov. Mendoza said she attended Friday’s promulgation of judgment together with her youngest son who expressed interest in joining public service someday.
She said she wanted her son to see for himself the downside of public service.
Mendoza said she is glad that the Sandiganbayan finally vindicated her.
The graft charge stemmed from an alleged anomalous procurement of fuel from a gas station owned by the governor’s mother.
Mendoza was charged for three counts of graft or violations of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
Mendoza authorized the release of P2.4 million from the provincial funds to pay for 49,526.72 liters of fuel used for one road grader and four dump trucks utilized during the two-day road rehabilitation projects.
But no public bidding was allegedly conducted, and instead the provincial government directly contracted for fuel with the gas station owned by Mendoza’s mother.
Aside from the criminal liability, the acquittal also exonerated the Governor from any civil liability.
The 6-year case resulted to the issuance of arrest warrant against Gov. Mendoza and her 90-day suspension from office.